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Written By Evelyn Crowley
Lessons On Self-Tanner  |  #VioletGrey, The Industry's Beauty Edit

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Because the most desirous tan comes from a bottle, VIOLET GREY has devised this easy-to-follow tutorial to ensure you achieve the perfect sun-kissed look (no actual sun required).

Self-tanner
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Shower and shave the morning you plan to self-tan (any waxing should be done at least 24 hours in advance). Use an exfoliator like Caudalie's Divine Body Scrub to slough off dead skin cells so the self-tanning formula can penetrate evenly and last longer.

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Apply a heavy moisturizer like La Mer Reparative Body Lotion to the knees, elbows, and around the edges of your heels and ankles. These areas tend to be dry and thus prone to over-absorbing the self-tanner, leading to a darker tan than the rest of the body.

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Secure your hair in a ponytail or bun. To prevent a mess, stand on a towel in front of a (ideally full-length) mirror. Slip your hands into a pair of mitts to avoid staining them. Choose a self-tanner like St. Tropez’s Bronzing Mousse or James Read Wash Off Tan For Body that develops over time but also delivers an immediate pigment that enables you see if you’ve missed a spot.  To apply, start at your legs and work your way up in nice, long, even strokes using the mirror as your guide. 

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Administer any residual tanner from your mitts onto your face and neck. This will guarantee you are the same shade from head-to-toe. Since pigment usually fades faster on your face, try a gradual self-tanner like James Read’s BB Gradual Tan Face Pen in the ensuing days to prolong the effect of the tan. You can also use a gradual solution like La Mer’s Face and Body Gradual Tan to deepen your existing color.

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To prevent accidental exfoliation, pat — do not rub — your skin dry with a towel after bathing or swimming. Follow with a generous application of body lotion or cream (try Soleil Toujour's Exotic Shimmer Body Oil) to keep skin hydrated. These steps are key to extending the life of your tan and will allow it to fade evenly. 
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IN POLITE
SOCIETY

In polite 

society, faux

tans are like 

FACE LIFTS;

the good ones

are

 undetectable.

— violet grey
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